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Memorable Manitobans: Beatrice Drake Gunne (1880-1952)


Born at Florence, Ontario in November 1880, daughter of Robert Gunne (1822-1900) and Margaret Gunne (1841-1916), and sister of J. R. Gunne, she accompanied her parents to Manitoba, living at Portage la Prairie and Dauphin. She taught at Dauphin and rural school districts before moving to Winnipeg, where she continued her teaching career at William Whyte School (1916-1922). She went on to be Principal of Grosvenor School (1922-1940), after which she retired. She was a charter life member of the Stewart Widmeyer Chapter (Dauphin, IODE) and 23-year Regent of Prince Rupert Chapter (Winnipeg, IODE) and a member of St. George’s Anglican Church. She died at her Winnipeg residence, 1080 McMillan Avenue, on 13 August 1952 and was buried in the Dauphin Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Robert Gunne], Manitoba Free Press, 28 November 1900, page 2.

Obituary [Margaret Gunne], Manitoba Free Press, 18 December 1916, page 13.

“Two new schools open,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 November 1922, page 6.

“Miss B. D. Gunne, school principal 19 years, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1952, page 8.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 October 2014

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